Pop by Gordon Korman

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When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.

When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.


About Gordon Korman

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Gordon Korman has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot; Pop; Schooled; No More Dead Dogs; Son of the Mob; and Born to Rock. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, NY. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.
Published May 29, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 277 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Football will be the way Marcus Jordan makes the transition to his new school, so he practices in the park, preparing for tryouts.

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The New York Times

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Charlie Popovich is a former linebacker for two National Football League teams who still loves to hit, even at age 54.

Feb 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Pop

BC Books

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While the voice is vintage Korman — casual with a hint of smart-aleck — the characters of Pop are confronted with the very real consequences of their actions in a way that his early characters never were.

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BC Books

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The disparate jigsaw pieces of the puzzle that is Charlie fall into place as Marcus begins to realize the extent of the damage Charlie sustained during his football career.

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The Globe and Mail

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In contrast, Charlie has trained Marcus to love the "pop" of physical contact as much as he does, and using Charlie's guidance, Marcus has become the team's star blocker.

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Common Sense Media

Marcus and Troy butt heads over everything from football to Charlie to the head cheerleader, Troy's ex and Marcus' new love interest.

Aug 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Pop

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